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Entry Point 25 - Moose Lake

Moose Lake entry point allows overnight paddle or motor (25 HP max). This entry point is supported by Kawishiwi Ranger Station near the city of Ely, MN. The distance from ranger station to entry point is 21 miles. Access is an boat landing or canoe launch at Moose Lake. Many trip options for paddlers with additional portages. This area was affected by blowdown in 1999.

Number of Permits per Day: 27
Elevation: 1356 feet
Latitude: 47.9877
Longitude: -91.4997
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TuscaroraBorealis
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06/13/2012 09:26PM
 
New Trip Report posted by TuscaroraBorealis

Trip Name: The Ribbon Rock.

Entry Point: 25

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TuscaroraBorealis
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06/13/2012 09:27PM
 
Here is a link to one of the threads about the Indian work sites. Knife lake archaeological sites
phisherman
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06/13/2012 10:09PM
 
Tusc,


I thought the first picture of Aurora (in her banana boat pfd) was one of the best I have ever seen on good old bwca.com. However, I continued to read the report and naturally saw the shot of her "licking her chops" at the end of the portage. It topped the banana boat pfd picture. Subsequently, we were presented with the trio of shots while she was sporting her hat. All I can say is you have been blessed. What beautiful snapshots and more importantly memories you are creating for your family. Your report made my night! Thanks for taking the time to put together an all around great trip report.


Phisherman

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bbrown6057
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06/13/2012 10:54PM
 
Nice report! Looks like the little one has taken to canoeing quite well.

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Zulu
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06/14/2012 06:44AM
 
Thanks for the report and photos TB! Great job. I really enjoyed it. That photo of Aurora in the bow of The Black Pearl is my favorite! She fits in there perfect and I like the way she is gripping the side and bow deck.


She should be ready for a Snoopy fishing pole this season.


Looking forward to more Trip Reports and seeing her grow up in them.
TuscaroraBorealis
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06/14/2012 08:03AM
 
Thank you all for the wonderful comments!

For those that are interested? Here is a neat, very recent video of the Neglige portage courtesy of mcsweem.

Also, below I've provided links to a couple of the great books I quoted in the trip report. If you have any interest at all in the history of the BWCAW & canoe country? I highly recommend both books.

Dorothy Molter ~ The Root Beer Lady

A Wonderful Country: The Quetico - Superior Stories of Bill Magie
boonie
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06/14/2012 10:27AM
 
Nice report, TB, enjoyed reading it and the pictures too. Aurora is about the same age as my granddaughter, Katrina, and doesn't seem to have any more hair than she does!
TomP
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06/14/2012 12:11PM
 
TB, Thanks for the report. I have read most of your other reports. Always well done.
alpine525
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06/14/2012 12:41PM
 
TB - Really enjoyed your trip report - and how you made the best of some crummy weather. I admire the fact that you bring Aurora along - it must take a lot of patience to deal with the needs of a little one. It's a great thing - kudos to you and your family.

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TeamTuna06
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06/14/2012 04:10PM
 
Another great report! The pics of your little one are priceless....


Pat

"If people concentrated on the really important things in life, there’d be a shortage of fishing poles." -Doug Larson
TuscaroraBorealis
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06/14/2012 10:31PM
 
quote alpine525: "TB - Really enjoyed your trip report - and how you made the best of some crummy weather. I admire the fact that you bring Aurora along - it must take a lot of patience to deal with the needs of a little one. It's a great thing - kudos to you and your family."


Thank you.


I've said this before but, it's worth repeating. Most of the credit most definitely goes to Vickie. She does a great job planning & anticipating Aurora's (for that matter everyone's) needs. Singing when needed etc. :)


It certainly helps that Aurora is usually a very content, happy go lucky little girl. I think she gets that from her dad??? ;-) And, as I mentioned in the report, it was nice to have some occasional help from the rest of the group once in awhile.
AndySG
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06/18/2012 12:32PM
 
Per usual Paul, another very descriptive and insightful report. I enjoyed your record of the visit to the Isle of Pines. I have read the story of Dorothy's rock in Bob Carey's book. Your photo of the Ribbon Rock is perfect. Aurora is sure growing fast. My best to Vicki.

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boonie
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06/18/2012 01:31PM
 
A question, TB, about the water in tents from the rain, etc. Did you even have water in the Hilleberg? If so, do you think it was seam leakage, just condensation, or ?
TuscaroraBorealis
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06/18/2012 05:56PM
 
quote boonie: "A question, TB, about the water in tents from the rain, etc. Did you even have water in the Hilleberg? If so, do you think it was seam leakage, just condensation, or ?"


Yes we did have some water in the Hilleberg too.


If there had been a breach, or hole in the floor? We certainly would have had a major problem as we were setup on roughly 1-2 inches of standing water (we purposely took the wettest tent pad) that certainly would've made it's way into the tent.


This is just my best guess as to where the water came from.


Condensation certainly played a large role but, we had more water than what that normally would generate. Having Aurora's Pea Pod in the tent with us makes things a bit tight inside the tent. Essentially, Vickie & I both had to push our sleep systems to the extreme edges of the interior. We're still plenty comfortable. But, I'm guessing that rubbing on the walls of the tent all night while it was raining allowed some moisture to permeate through. As that was were the trail of moisture originated. Also, I had done a admittedly lackluster job guying out the tent on the initial setup. After the first night we did a better job. This didn't completely eliminate the problem but, it definitely helped.


Overall, it certainly was alarming to see some water on the floor. But, looking back, I'm amazed things weren't much worse! The tent just never had a chance to catch it's breath. After changing campsites & setting up on reasonably dry (or at least only damp) ground. The Hilleberg was bone dry.


Bottom line: I think we were just inundated with water? IMHO This was an extreme test. I believe, properly setup, that we still would've still had moisture on the floor. But, it would've been the inevitable (and unavoidable) result of condensation. We just added to that with the poor setup & being a bit crowded in the tent.


Considering it was setup on water that didn't drain & the continuous showers throughout. I think the Hilleberg did an admirable job of keeping the vast majority of moisture outside. And, although we were concerned. We were also comfortable, 100% of the time.



boonie
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06/18/2012 08:11PM
 
Probably a lot of condensation, TB? - I don't think the Hillebergs are designed as much for a really warm humid environment? as some others and probably don't breathe as well as some with more mesh, but are maybe more protective in colder, windier weather? When it's really humid and wet like that the moisture just doesn't have anywhere to go I think. But it sounds like it performed pretty well under the circumstances?
AdamXChicago
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06/18/2012 11:43PM
 
What a great family outing! Too bad about the rain, but it looks like you made the most of it. Thanks for sharing your trip with us...
TomT
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06/19/2012 03:10PM
 
Enjoyed it very much. The Isle of Pines is somewhere I want to go too. I have read both of the books on Dorothy. It's a fascinating story. Nice pics too. Thanks for posting.

"Life is not about finding yourself. Life is about creating yourself." --- George Bernard Shaw
Ho Ho
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06/20/2012 11:07AM
 
It was nice to run into you and meet you in person at Moose Lake when we were starting our trips!


IBFLY
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06/20/2012 01:46PM
 
Nice Report. I thinkI'll try that trip someday.

You say that like it's a bad thing.
bapabear
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06/20/2012 01:55PM
 
Great trip and report! I like how the wetness didn't dampen your enthusiasm and noticed you folks eat pretty well! I've gotta see some of the falls and lakes you mention from this trip.

Adopt the pace of nature: her secret is patience. Ralph Waldo Emerson
wildernessfan2
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06/21/2012 11:38PM
 
Thanks for sharing! Looked like the baby had a great time for sure. :)

Freshwater is delicious! Saltwater not so much..
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